Sonny Boy

Labrador Retriever
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Home:Reston, VA/Conneaut Lake, PA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Sonny, S.B., Boy Boo, Sonny No Toe, Baby Boy

Quick Bio:

July 24th 2000

Sonny loves to hang with his Goddog, Riley (13 yr old chocolate lab who now lives in CO) & his girlfriend, Matdi (a beautiful Golden Retriever in Pittsburgh), swimming, retrieving, and playing with his mama's cousins - Duncan, Meredith, & Frankie.

Sonny hates not seeing Riley, Uncle Chad, Matdi, and Aunt Carrie on a regular basis, mean cats (esp. Roscoe!), dogs who scare his mama, ear cleanings, nail trimmings, and rain.

Favorite Toy:
Sonny's favorites lately have been flippy floppers, cool Kongs, and the C. Lake next door neighbor dogs' dills. Thanks Clay and Lucky!

Favorite Food:
Sonny loves bones from Livingston's in Conneaut Lake, bull pizzles, holistic biscuits, carrots, and pig ears. His mama does not allow him to eat any rawhide or commercial pet foods. He is now eating a mix of Solid Gold's WolfKing & Wellness' Super 5.

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere - but he prefers swimming.

Best Tricks:
Dock diving (he's a natural).

Arrival Story:
I bought Sonny Boy from a breeder in North Carolina. I adopted him the day he was 10 weeks old. Sonny was chosen by a couple when he was first born, however, he had a mysterious accident and lost a toe - the couple no longer wanted what they considered an "imperfect dog." I fell in love with him right away and knew he was the lab for me. I took him to see a vet the very next day and quickly learned how to keep his toe clean and bandaged - it was still a fresh wound at this point. So, had he not lost his toe, he would not be mine. Lucky for me! Fortunately, his loss of toe does not hinder his ability to play hard and lead a full and active life. Sonny's younger bro or sis (still to come) will be a lab rescue.

Sonny loves to be part of the entire family. He loves to travel anywhere and everywhere with his mama. He especially loves his Aunt Jenny, Uncle Jeff, Gma, & Gpa. He now has Aunt Daisy, a beagle mix rescue his gma recently adopted...she's a little lover and a bossy boss.

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I've Been On Dogster Since:
August 17th 2005 More than 11 years!

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R.I.P. Sonny Boy 1/24/00 - 3/12/09

I miss you Sonny Boy!!!

July 3rd 2009 6:43 am
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It is with a very heavy heart I write to let you all know that I lost my Sonny Boy on March 12, 2009 :( It was a shocker and totally unexpected. He was only 8 1/2. Sonny was a seemingly quite healthy lab. He was thin, muscular and extrememly active. We had just become a certified therapy dog team through Therapy Dogs, Inc. He was a natural and people loved him.

I came home at 8 p.m. on Friday night to find Sonny limping and dragging his left hind leg. He was a little wobbly and couldn't correct his paw to upright every time. Instead it would curl under like he was on tippy toe. I thought it was an ortho problem and took him to an ortho vet Saturday morning. The vet could not find anything and feared something was terribly wrong. Well, as it turned out, Sonny was full of tumors and one was probably pressing against his spine. I took him to Cleveland to see an Oncologist and Sonny had a chemo treatment. He was scheduled for more but by that night he couldn't walk at all. He had no bladder control and my mom and I were continuously lifting him to one bed, changing the pee pads on another, cleaning him off and lifting him back to his big bed. I was completely heartbroken. Sonny meant the world to me and at times I felt he was all I had.

It was only 6 days until the first sign something was wrong until I had to put Sonny down. It was Thursday, March 12th. I feared that if we went one more day he would be in some real pain and really suffer. He had lost all movement from the waist down. I had hoped he would make it at least until Saturday so my sister could make it home to see him. They were very close and his death was hard on her as well as my entire family.

Personality wise Sonny was the same dog til the end. This made it so hard to make that choice but I knew it was time and I had to do it for him and not be selfish. A nearby vet came to our house with his technician. Sonny died very peacefully in my arms. A local mortician came up immediately and got Sonny's body and cremated him that night. I had him back the next morning and took him to see my sister for a long weekend.

It's been almost 4 months since Sonny has been gone and there is not a day that goes by when I do not think of him and still get teary eyed. Sometimes I completely break down and bawl. He was my once in a lifetime dog.

I have since adopted a lab pup, Sonny's younger bro he never got to meet. I didn't think I was ready for another yet but my dad found this little guy and I couldn't resist. I think I needed him as much as he needed me. I'll eventually get around to setting up a Dogster page for him. He is a yellow lab. Very white and is apparerently what is known as a Dudley lab. His lips, nose and eye rims are all flesh colored. I named him Bay and he is a good boy. He came from an accident litter and was underweight and had fleas and worms when I brought him home. I fixed him up real quick and he is doing great now. I only wish he could have met Sonny, I know they would have loved each other.

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